SOAR - Lisbon Chapter

Lisbon joined the SOAR family in May 2017. Portugal formally recognized the independence of the Democratic Republic of Armenia on August 10, 1920 and entered into a solemn compact not only to respect, but to preserve as against external aggression, the territorial integrity and political independence of Armenia. One of the most notable Armenians who resided in Portugal was Calouste Gulbenkian, a wealthy Armenian businessman and philanthropist, who made Lisbon the headquarters for his businesses. He established an international charity, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon.


Lori Ashekian

Lori was born and raised in Kessab (a populated Armenian town) in Latakia, Syria.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from Tishreen University. Lori studied for her degree during the war in Syria and moved to the United Arab Emirates soon after graduation in 2016.

Her career in UAE included various positions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. First, she worked with Emirates Group and then joined Etihad Airways building professional experiences in both aviation operations and sales.

Lori moved to Porto earlier this year, and she is currently an international MBA candidate at Porto Business School. Her career in UAE and her education in Portugal have played a vital role to expand her horizons and sharpen her skills for professional and personal growth.

Lori’s interest in helping orphans stems from her childhood, realizing how her parents were always connected to support cases of orphans. She has learned as a child that such cases are the most significant in life.

Hence, she is very pleased to be joining SOAR, and contribute to this noble cause that holds a very special place in her heart.

Rebeka Yeghiyan

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